What To Do When A Child Refuses To Stop Crying: Guidelines For Parents, Nannies, Babysitters And Child Caregivers

September 23, 2015 Our Blog

Baby CryingIf you are a parent, nanny, babysitter or childcare provider, you know children cry a lot and very often. The truth is that, all normal children use crying as a way of communicating with their childminders and anybody who would listen. For children, crying is a necessary psychological process since they know no other methods of expressing their feelings.

Some of the most common and popular known reasons why children cry include situations like hunger, wetting, too much heat or cold, tight clothes, pain and so on. Also, other kids simply need to be in the company of their parents and caregivers at all times. Anything short of constant attention is likely to make them cry. Last but not the least, it is a habit for some babies to just cry for no justifiable cause.

Although it is regarded as normal when children cry, parents, nannies, family members, babysitters and child caregivers do not find it amusing when it happens. Expressing concerns and worries anytime a child cries is a responsible thing to do because children cry for different reasons. A crying kid should never be ignored completely because the reasons why kids cry range from simple to complex issues.

Always try to identify the cause and provide a solution because the child next to you crying could be crying for just your attention or for something life-threatening.

The following are some guidelines and remedies for parents, nannies, babysitters, child caregivers and other members of the family. These solutions and steps should be considered when dealing with a crying baby:

  • It is dangerous to shake the baby vigorously.
  • Tight clothes can cause irritation hence it should be removed.
  • If the room is hot put the fan and open the windows.
  • If the diaper or nappy is wet, remove it, clean and dry the baby with a soft towel.
  • Pat her back or stroke her head slowly and let her hear your soothing sound.
  • Feed the child and make her quiet.
  • If the climate is cold cover her in soft towel.
  • Rock her gently in your arms and walk slowly around.
  • Take a music making doll and let her listen.
  • Try a pacifier or help her for thumb sucking.
  • If no response change her position.
  • Walk outdoors with her.
  • Put her on the cradle and rock gently.
  • If no response ask somebody to carry the baby.

If After all these actions the baby does not stop crying, investigate and check for the following signs and probable causes:

  1. Press her abdomen gently, she may twist or resist you: Colic
  2. Pull her ear gently she may become worse or push your hands away: Earache
  3. Feel her temperature with the back of your hands: Fever due to any infection
  4. Examine the skin from head to foot: Eruptive disease, nappy rash, measles, vesicles, allergy, etc.
  5. See the nose for any discharge: Coryza.
  6. Move the head gently to feel any neck stiffness: Meningitis, head injury, etc.
  7. Keep your ear near her chest to hear any rattling sound: Increased mucus in wind pipes. (pneumonia, bronchiolitis, asthamatic bronchitis, etc)
  8. Examine the anal orifice: Anal erosion,rectal polyp, crawling of worms.
  9. Examine the genitalia: Any discharge or erosion.
  10. In male baby see the testicles which may be swollen or tender: Orchitis, torsion of testes.
  11. Also notice the body movements and see for any convulsions, rigors, vomiting, cough, laboured breathing, etc.

If you see the above signs or any other unusual signs, consult your doctor for medical attention.